Boston Police and Mass State Police Team Up to Take Down Two Bank Robbers in Jamaica Plain

At about 3:42pm, on Monday, June 6, 2011, officers from Area E-13 (Jamaica Plain) responded to a radio call for a hold up alarm at 687 Centre Street (Eastern Bank). On arrival, officers spoke to bank employees who stated that a black male (described as stocky, wearing a gray sweater and gray sweat pants) entered the bank, motioned as if he was in possession of a firearm and demanded money. After receiving an undisclosed amount of money, suspect fled the bank on foot and was seen entering a motor vehicle being driven by a white female. Officers promptly broadcast a description of the motor vehicle over the police radio. In short time, members of the Massachusetts State Police observed and stopped the car in the area of 1191 Boylston Street. With the car stopped, both suspects were order to exit the car. Once in police custody, both suspects were returned to the original scene of the crime for identification purposes. 

Upon seeing the suspects, several witnesses were able to positively identify the suspects. 

After being positively identified, Ryan Croke, 27, of Lynnfield and Brook Buendia, 34, of Boston were arrested and charged with Armed Bank Robbery.

Three Removed from Community Meeting to Be Summonsed to Court

Last night on June 2, 2011, Boston Police officers were assigned to the Curley School in Jamaica Plain for a community meeting that was taking place to discuss the opening of a Whole Foods Supermarket to replace the Hi-Lo Foods Supermarket.

Several hundred people attended the meeting which began at approximately 7:00pm. During the course of the meeting, officers intervened several times in an effort to calm participants and the meeting was able to continue.  At some point during the meeting, officers became aware that two participants of the meeting had gained access to a non-authorized part of the auditorium and unfurled a large sign which caused a disturbance amongst the people in the crowd.

The two individuals were approached by officers, removed from the auditorium and transported to District E-13. Shortly after removing these two individuals from the stadium, officers returned to the stadium and noticed a group of individuals all wearing similar t-shirts who appeared to be walking back and forth up the center aisle to the microphone. Officers specifically reminded one member of this group about how this conduct was creating a disturbance but he continued to persist.  After repeatedly having to direct this individual, officers removed him from the auditorium and he too was transported to District E-13.

The three individuals (a 22 year old male, a 49 year old male and a 27 year old female) removed from the auditorium, once properly identified at the district station were released to be summonsed to court. Two of the three will be charged with Trespassing and Disturbing a Public Assembly while the third will be charged with Disturbing a Public Assembly.

Ultimately officers deemed it appropriate to discontinue the meeting concerned about the ability to maintain a peaceful environment for the safety of all in attendance.

A Message from the Neighborhood Watch Unit: Planning a Block Party this Summer? Contact your Local Community Service Officer or the Neighborhood Watch Unit for Assistance!

It's about that time and Neighborhood Watch groups across the city are beginning to make their plans for their annual, summer block parties! The Neighborhood Watch Unit believes the block parties and similar social events are a great way for residents and neighbors to connect and build community.  These neighborhood events provide a way in which people can meet each other and begin to have a dialogue about where they live and what they want for their street.  Block parties usually tend to draw even the most reticent person because they’re fun!  Some of the events that have taken place in the past are ice cream socials, yard sales and tag sales, barbeques and the traditional pot luck block party where people congregate and socialize right on their street.  If you would like to plan a block party call your local CSO office or the Neighborhood Watch Unit at 617-343-4345 for assistance.  

Hundreds of Boston Police Officers To March on 'A Day To Remember'

Boston Police Relief Association Memorial Service Honors Deceased Member of the Department WHO:              Mayor Thomas Menino, Police Commissioner Edward Davis, Superintendant-In-Chief Daniel Linskey, Boston Police Relief Society Association President John McGee, Reverend John Connolly, Grand Rabbi Y. A. Korff and the Boston  Police Gaelic Column and Honor Guard.

WHAT:           Hundred of Boston police officers descend on Mount Hope Cemetery to honor deceased members of the Boston Police Department. The event includes a march to the Boston Police Relief Association Memorial, a memorial service and a ‘Reading of the Roll’ to recognize those deceased.

The Boston Police Relief Association, a fraternal benefit association, was organized on January 13, 1871 and incorporated in 1876.

WHERE:         Mount Hope Cemetery main entrance, Walk Hill Street, Mattapan.

WHEN:           Sunday, June 5, 2011 @ 10:00 am.

 

GPS Helps Officers Track Robbery Suspects

Yesterday afternoon around 1:55PM, officers from District E-13 (Jamaica Plain) responded to 3064 Washington Street/Metro PCS Store for a hold-up alarm. On arrival, officers spoke to the victim, a store employee, who reported that two black males had just robbed the store. The victim provided officers with a description of the two suspects who assaulted her, stole several phones from the store, the victim’s cell phone and money from the cash register. The victim further reported to officers that the suspects fled the store in the direction of Columbus Ave. toward Seaver Street.  Shortly after getting this information, officers learned that the victim’s phone which the suspects had stolen could be tracked via GPS. The phone was quickly tracked and officers determined that based on the GPS tracking on the phone that the phone was moving in the vicinity of Codman Park and Townsend Street, a short distance from the store.

Officers immediately responded to the GPS location and there saw a car idling in the middle of the intersection with two black males getting in the car. The two males getting in the car matched the suspects’ descriptions, and consequently were stopped.  A frisk of the two males revealed them to be in possession of several brand new phones including the victim’s cell phone. When asked where they were coming from, the suspects provided conflicting and inconsistent information. Ultimately, officers were able to confirm the phone that one of the suspects had due to a specific screensaver.  In addition to the phones, officers also seized a large sum of money from the suspects which had been stolen from the store.

The suspects were transported to District 13 for booking and while at the station, officers were additionally able to retrieve video from the store which allowed officers to further confirm the suspects based on their clothing.  The suspects, Darrell Brown, 22 of Randolph and Charles Gales, 20 of Roxbury were arrested and charged with Unarmed Robbery, Kidnapping, Assault and Battery and Kidnapping.

Boston Police Officers Step Up To The Plate For 2nd Annual ‘Field of Dreams’ Wiffle Ball Tournament

Numerous officers participate to raise money for Juvenile Diabetes WHO:              Mayor Thomas Menino; Police Commissioner Edward Davis; Superintendent Paul Fitzgerald; Boston Police Runners Club President and Boston Police Detective Cecil Jones; numerous Boston Police officers and family and friends; Renown singer Rene Rancort

WHAT:           The Boston Police Runners Club is holding the 2nd Annual ‘Field of Dreams’ Wiffle Ball Tournament to raise funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Numerous Boston Police officers and their families will be on hand for some competitive wiffle ball! Last year’s event raised $32,500 for juvenile diabetes. Rene Rancort of Boston Bruins’ fame will perform the National Anthem to kick off the competition.

WHERE:         Boston Athletic Club

650 Summer Street, South Boston

WHEN:           Saturday June 4, 2011 at 12:00pm

National Anthem to be performed at noon

WHY: The Boston Police Runners Club recognized that diabetes has effected many families throughout the Boston Police Department and the community. With the history of charitable efforts undertaken every year by the Boston Police Department, the club believed there was an important opportunity to contribute to this important cause.

Community Reminder: Boston Police Warn Fans of Counterfeit Tickets

During the Boston Bruins Stanley Cup Finals, Boston Police would like to take this opportunity to remind fans to be wary of purchasing counterfeit tickets. Fans who purchase tickets from a secondary source are taking a chance. We would like to encourage fans to only buy tickets from authorized ticket agencies. Purchasing from other sources is done at the buyer’s risk. Officers want to proactively curb such activity and encourage buyers to only purchase from official vendors.

The department suggests that fans guarantee authenticity by purchasing tickets through the Boston Bruins website, Ticketmaster.com, in person at the TD Garden Box Office or any Ticketmaster outlet.

Purchasing via other means, creates the potential for possessing either an invalid or counterfeit ticket.  Individuals attempting to gain admission using fraudulent tickets will be evicted from the building and face the possibility of arrest.

If any community members have information about the selling of counterfeit tickets, you are urged to contact District A-1 detectives at (617) 343-4248. Individuals wishing to provide information anonymously may do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1-800-494-TIPS or texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). Individuals wishing to provide information anonymously are reminded that the Boston Police Department in ONLY interested in the INFORMATION you provide, NOT who YOU are.

 

2nd ANNUAL FIELD OF DREAMS WIFFLE BALL TOURNAMENT HITS THE DIAMOND THIS WEEKEND ALL FOR A GREAT CAUSE: JUVENILE DIABETES

Last year Super Fitz and friends raised close to $33,000 for Juvenile Diabetes

“She appeared to be tired. Something wasn’t right and then they told us.”

When doctors told Paul Fitzgerald that his daughter, Caroline, then 8 years-old, had juvenile diabetes, like most parents, he was quick to confess, although familiar with the terminology, he wasn’t completely familiar with the disease. However, that was four years ago. Today, Paul Fitzgerald, a Superintendent in the Boston Police Department, and his family not only have a better understanding of the disease that effects approximately 285 million people worldwide, but they also better understand the responsibility that comes with doing everything in their power to spread the word about the need for funding the research that will one day lead to a cure. “The goal is to cure this disease. We can’t wait to see the day when no family has to worry about juvenile diabetes. But accomplishing that goal means people have to step up. I can’t be a doctor but I can raise money.”

In an effort to step up, Fitzgerald and his family had long been thinking about a way to raise awareness and monies for the disease that presently affects their daughter. To hear Paul tell it, the family had been thinking about holding a road race or a golf tourney. And although Paul is a big fan of both, he was looking for something different, something that would be more inclusive, something, not just for adults, but also for kids of Caroline’s age. So, after much talk and some lengthy discussions, the idea came to the Fitzgeralds courtesy of an old friend and colleague. Said Detective Cecil Jones, “How about a wiffle ball tournament?” To Fitzgerald and his family, the suggestion was one they liked instantly.

Last summer, thanks to a wonderful support group consisting of people like Karen Kelleher, Tommy Joyce, Brendan England, Sean Butler and a host of others, on June 12th, 2010, the 1stAnnual Field of Dreams Wiffle Ball Tournament took to four make-shift diamonds inside the Boston Athletic Club and became a reality.

According to Fitzgerald, the reality of the day far exceeded all expectations and went far better than anyone could have envisioned or imagined. According to Fitzgerald, on the day of the event, he couldn’t help but count his blessings. He says, prior to the first pitch being thrown, he looked around at the large turnout and found himself humbled by the tremendous show of support and friendship. “Something like this only comes together because people who care make it happen. I can’t thank my family, my friends and all those who participated enough. This day was possible because people cared enough to come out.”

When it came to raising dough for a great cause, the 1stAnnual Field of Dreams Wiffle Ball Tourney was nothing short of a huge home run. All in all, the tourney raised $32,500.

This year promises to be even better. Says Fitzgerald, “We’d love to raise as much, if not more money than we did last year. But, to do that, we need people to come out.”

If you would like to see this year’s Field of Dreams Wiffle Ball Tournament,  the 2nd Annual Field of Dreams Wiffle Ball Tournament will be held this Saturday (June 4, 2011) at the Boston Athletic Club at 653 Summer Street in South Boston.

To learn more about Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, log on to the website at www.jdrf.org

Media Advisory/Photo Opportunity: Mayor Menino to Kick-off First in the Nation Multi-Discipline Simulated 24-Hour Safety Services Competition Urban Shield: Boston

Competition Will Consist of Several Simulated Crisis Events Throughout City and Region, Culminating with a Major Terrorist Attack Scenario PHOTO-OP:

Simulations for large-scale event modeled after the terrorist attacks in Mumbai including a car explosion, a small robot used to disable bombs and a trained canine detecting an explosive device.

WHO:

    • Don McGough, Office of Emergency Management
    • Superintendent Daniel Linskey, Boston Police Department
    • Commissioner Rod Fraser, Boston Fire Department
    • Barbara Ferrer, Executive Director of the Boston Public Health Commission
    • Chief James Hooley, Boston EMS
    • Teams of regional first responders including Special Weapons and Tactical (SWAT) and Urban Search and Rescue (USAR)

 

WHEN: TOMORROW!! Friday, May 20 at 3:30 PM

WHERE: Marine Industrial Park

3 Dolphin Way, South Boston

WHAT:

Mayor Thomas M. Menino will kick off Urban Shield: Boston, a 24-hour management and competitive training exercise simulating large-scale crisis events impacting the metro-Boston region and culminating with a large-scale event modeled after the terror attacks in Mumbai at the Marine Industrial Park in South Boston. The competition will begin Saturday morning at 8:00 AM and will include teams from the City of Boston, Metro-Boston Homeland Security Region, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Providence, Rhode Island and Alameda County in California. The competition will assess each team’s ability to successfully respond to and manage multiple terrorist events and other emergencies occurring simultaneously throughout the Boston area.

 

Returning to the Scene of the Crime Never a Good Idea

At about 4:30pm, on Tuesday, May 17, 2011, officers from Area E-13 (Jamaica Plain) took a report from a victim, a sales representative, who stated that his laptop computer was stolen from his bag during a sales call at 741 Centre Street in Jamaica Plain (Blanchard's Liquors). According to the victim, he had set his bag aside while doing inventory at the location earlier in the day. Upon leaving the location, the victim discovered his laptop computer missing from his bag. Upon making the discovery, the victim called the store and explained the situation to the store manager. After reviewing in-store surveillance footage, the store manager observed an individual approach the victim’s bag, grab what looked to be a laptop computer and exit the store. The next day, at about 2:40pm, on Wednesday, May 18, 2011, officers from Area E-13 (Jamaica Plain) returned to 741 Centre Street in Jamaica Plain to investigate a person. On arrival, officers spoke to store employees who stated that an individual, seen stealing a laptop computer inside the store the day before, had returned to the store. When officers arrived, store employees were detaining the suspect. When asked about stealing the computer the day previous, the suspect admitted to doing so. Specifically, the suspect stated, “If the laptop is anywhere, it’s at my house.”

Officers arrested Gary Gelormini, 51, of Boston and charged him with Larceny (Over $250.00).

MEDIA ADVISORY/PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: Two Heroic Boston Police Officers Receive Prestigious Roosevelt Award

WHO: Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis; Roosevelt Committee Members; Boston Police Command Staff; Department Chaplains; BPD members; Award Recipients, Sergeant Scott O’Brien and Patrol Officer Terrence Burke and recipients’ families and friends. WHAT: Mayor Thomas Menino is pleased to host the Theodore Roosevelt Association, who will present Sergeant Scott O’Brien and Patrol Officer Terrence Burke with a distinguished honor annually awarded to a sworn member of the Department who has overcome a significant injury and rendered outstanding service. This year the Association will honor for 2008 and 2009.

WHEN: Monday, May 16, 2011 at 5:00 p.m.

WHERE: Faneuil Hall, Ancient and Honorable Artillery Room

WHY: The Theodore Roosevelt Association (TRA) was founded in 1919 and incorporated by Congress in 1920 to promote the ideals of perseverance and professionalism as exemplified by the 26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt.

In 1983, the TRA, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of the Interior, established the Police Award program in New York City. The program has since been expanded to western New York state and Boston. The nominees and ultimate recipients of the award must meet two important criteria established by the TRA:  He/She has overcome a significant physical, emotional and/or psychological handicap or injury; and  Continued to render outstanding service to the Department after such an incident.

Drinking in Public Results in Firearm Arrest

About 10:22PM, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force were on patrol in the Egleston Square area when they observed several males drinking beer on the sidewalk in front of 87 School Street. As officers stopped their car to investigate, a member of the group who was drinking from a can of beer, thus making him arrest-able quickly began to walk away from the group. Officers ordered this male suspect to stop in order to arrest him for Drinking in Public. The suspect, upon being ordered to stop, began running all the while holding the can of beer in his hands. Officers pursued the suspect as he ran behind the building, and lost sight of him momentarily. During those few brief moments that officers lost sight of the suspect, officers heard a sound consistent with dropping a can of beer and another thudding sound of a heavier object landing on a nearby building. Shortly after regaining sight of the suspect, the suspect told officers that he ran because he didn’t run want to get in trouble for drinking in public and pointed to the discarded beer can. Believing that the suspect may have discarded a firearm, officers conducted a search of the area with the assistance of a ballistic detecting canine where the sound of the heavy object was heard and located a 9 MM firearm inside a sock.

The suspect, Kenwins Pimentel, 19 of Jamaica Plain was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, and Drinking in Public. The suspect during a search incident to lawful arrest was found to have a round of 9 MM round ammunition in his pocket and consequently was also charged with Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.

May 15th is 'Peace Officers Memorial Day'- BPD will fly the American Flag at half-staff to honor those killed or disabled in the line of duty

On October 1, 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed Public Law 87-726 designating May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day in honor of those Federal, State and Municipal Police Officers who have been killed or disabled in the line of duty. On Sunday, May 15, 2011, the American Flag will be flown at half-staff on all police buildings to honor and remember the Boston Police Officers and all other police officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice.  On this day, all Department Members are asked to reflect and honor the memory of all of our officers who have given their lives while protecting others.